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NBA Rumors: Latest Draft Rumors About John Collins, Bradley Beal And More

The trade rumor mill is in full swing, with the 2022 NBA Draft scheduled for Thursday night and a free agent due June 30.

No league has a more exciting offseason than the NBA. The amount of player movement, especially among quality players, is huge.

We’ve seen a lot of significant trades made during the draft in recent years. With that in mind, here’s a roundup of the latest news on notable players.

John Collins, PF, Hawks

The Hawks star has been in the trading buzz, apparently every day, for the past few years as Atlanta struggle to find the right core to put together superstar quarterback Trae Young.

According to Mark Stein“The chance of John Collins being traded is as high as ever, according to league sources.” The Sacramento Kings have shown interest in a trade for Collins. Shams Charania from Athletic. Zach Harper of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that “there are rumors that the Celtics might be interested” in a trade for Collins.

Last season, Collins averaged 16.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Hawks. He can shoot well from outside (37.6 percent of three-pointers in his career), shoot from the low post, rebound well and have great athleticism. He has a dynamic talent that the Hawks shouldn’t be so eager to get rid of.

Dejonte Murray, point guard, Tottenham Hotspur

It doesn’t really make sense why the Spurs are having fun trading Murray, who is a terrific all-around player. He nearly averaged a triple-double last season, averaging 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game.

However, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fisher revealed that the Hawks and Spurs had discussed a trade involving Murray and Collins.

Murray signed for the next two seasons with a team-friendly salary cap of around $17 million. The Spurs should not be in a rush to trade Murray. In fact, they shouldn’t even listen to offers unless competing teams are willing to pay heavily.

DeAndre Ayton, C, Suns

DeAndre Ayton was selected first overall in the 2018 NBA draft. He played well for the Phoenix Suns, but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, they don’t see the talented center as a player with a maximum contract.

“I think they are very interested in finding a ‘sign and trade’ and return some assets to him,” Wojnarowski said. Wednesday on ESPN. “They don’t rate Ayton on a max contract.”

Where could Ayton go? James Edwards of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that the Detroit Pistons were “strongly anticipating the pursuit” of Ayton. On Wednesday, the Pistons got paid by trading Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers for a 2025 first-round pick.

Ayton averaged a double-double in rebounding in all four seasons of his career. In the 2021/22 season, he averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

Malcolm Brogdon, Miles Turner

The Pacers have several talented veterans, two of them are point guard Malcolm Brogdon and power forward Miles Turner. Turner has been in trading buzz for years.

Shams Charania from Athletic announced on Wednesday that “the Pacers are seriously discussing deals involving Malcolm Brogdon and Miles Turner.”

Brogdon is a strong two-sided defender, but maintaining health has been a problem for him throughout his career. He hasn’t played more than 64 games in a single season since 2017. Turner is a good player, but nothing special. He has averaged about 12 points and seven rebounds over the past three years.

Indiana should definitely try to move these players and try to build a young core around Tyrese Haliburton.

Bradley Beal, SG, Wizards

Earlier this week, it was reported that Beal was expected to waive his 2022-23 player option and become an unrestricted free agent.

Beal is the best player to become a free agent this summer. Two years ago, he led the Eastern Conference in scoring with 31.3 points per game. He is a dynamic offensive player who shoots well from outside and attacks the basket effectively.

The Boston Celtics are often cited as one of Beal’s suggested destinations, given his longtime friendship with C star Jason Tatum.

What are the chances of a move to the Celtics? Jeff Goodman from the stadium spoke about Beal’s future in Washington during Wednesday Night’s “Early Edition” on NBC Sports Boston.

“I really think he’s making his way,” Goodman said. “I think he is tired of it. They started well this year, I think they were like 10-3 or something and then they fell to the ground.

“I know (Wizards president) that Tommy Sheppard invited his buddy Kentavius ​​Caldwell-Pope back to Washington, which made Beal happy, but then again, I think in a year he and his agent (Mark) Bartelstein will say, that they want to be somewhere. more, and then Boston comes out on top of the list. Then it comes down to what’s going to happen this season and whether Brad Stevens can give enough to Tommy Sheppard to get that deal done.”

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